Wall Street Bonuses Hit Highest Level Since 2006
According to the New York State comptroller, the average bonus on Wall Street jumped 20% last year to the highest level since 2006.
In 2021, the average payout for New York securities workers was $257,500 as deal-making and trading activity by big banks hit record levels amid surging global stock markets.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called the higher than expected figures “welcome news.”
In 2021, Wall Street contributed approximately 18% of all the taxes collected in New York. This is expected to help New York City trump its projections for income tax revenue.
"We have an April 1 budget deadline for the state, and this is welcome news,” DiNapoli said. “It gives them a little bit more breathing room.”
Several factors are expected to impact Wall Street bonuses this year, including record-high inflation, ongoing post-pandemic recovery, and the economic fallout from Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Presently, New York City and state are estimating that incentive compensation packages for securities industry workers in 2022 will drop by an average of 16%.